DYS Fall Health Guidelines

Hello DYS families, 

We are about to start the fall season (you should hear from your travel coaches this week and town coaches at the end of next week).  

DYS is taking the health and safety of our players and families very seriously.  See below Guidelines for your review.  These have been approved by the Dedham Board of Health.

Dedham Youth Soccer (DYS)- Soccer Health Guidelines

DYS will be following the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) “Return to Soccer Guidelines-effective 8/17/2020” Below are some highlights but full guidance for ALL players regardless of age can be found at the link here: https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/assets/61/6/return_to_soccer_activities_phase_3_step_1_-_august_151.pdf 

The following procedures should remain in place for all participants, coaches, and spectators:

  1. No signs or symptoms of COVID-19 infection (per CDC) in the past 14 days and have not been exposed to someone who has been ill in 14 days
  2. Player and coach attendance must be taken and maintained by the coaching staff for EVERY Soccer activity including Practices, meetings, games for tracing purposes.
  3. Both Players and coaches must check for normal temperature before going to training (practices, games, meetings) - (temperature 100.4 or higher please stay home). 
  4. Upon arrival to training (practices, games, meetings), coaches or staff should ask each athlete if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If the athlete has any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 they should be sent home and instructed to contact their healthcare provider. They will not be allowed to return to training (practices, games, meetings) until they are cleared by a healthcare provider. A doctor’s note must be provided.
  5. Participants, organizers, spectators, volunteers, and facility employees in high risk categories should not participate or attend organized sport activities.
  6. Participants should use their own equipment and be instructed to sanitize their equipment after every training session per CDC guidelines.
  7. Each participant will be required to have their own water bottle, towel, and personal hygiene products approved by the CDC (hand sanitizer, facial tissues, face coverings that have ear loops).
  8. Players are required to wear face coverings that have ear loops during all soccer activities.
  9. Tissues, wipes, or disposable gloves must be properly disposed in the appropriate receptacles. 
  10. Cleaning equipment (cones, goals etc.) with CDC approved disinfectant before, during, and after training. This is to be completed by the coaches for each team
  11. Wear a face covering, when not actively playing and when a player cannot abide by the physical/social distance requirements from coaches, other players, and parents.
  12. If any player, coach tests positive for Covid-19, please contact the DYS President ASAP  [email protected]

Rule/Play Modifications to Comply with the Guidance:

  • Heading the ball - All intentional heading of a soccer ball is suspended for all ages. Any intentional heading will be treated as a violation of IFAB Law 12, Playing in a Dangerous Manner, and will result in an Indirect Free Kick restart
  • Shoulder to Shoulder contact is suspended and or any other intentional physical contact is to be considered a violation of Law 12, Playing in a Dangerous Manner, resulting in an Indirect Free Kick restart or other applicable foul or misconduct based on the referee’s decision.
  • Slide Tackling whenever within 6 feet of another player is suspended and is to be considered a violation of Law 12, Playing in a Dangerous Manner, Indirect Free Kick restart or other applicable foul or misconduct based on the referee’s decision.
  • Throw-Ins as defined by IFAB Law 15 are suspended and to be replaced by a Kick-in. The modifications for the procedure for a Kick-in is: 
    • The player taking the Kick-in must be facing the field of play and need not keep both feet on the ground during the Kick-in. 
    • Must put part of the ball on the touchline or on the ground outside the touchline
    • The ball may not be kicked directly into the opponent’s penalty area.
    • All opponents must stand at least 10 yards (8 yards for small sided) from the point on the touchline where the Kick-in is to be taken.
    • IFAB Law 15 Offences and Sanctions for Throw-ins apply to Kick-ins.
    • Corner Kicks as defined by IFAB Law 17 are suspended and to be replaced by a Corner Kick-in. The modifications for the procedure for a Corner Kick-in are:
    • The ball may not be kicked directly into the opponent’s penalty area.
    • Opponents must remain at least 10 yds (8 yards for small sided) from the corner arc until the ball is in play
    • IFAB Law 17 Offences and Sanctions for Corner Kicks apply to Corner Kick-ins.
  • For all restarts, all players must comply with the 6 -foot distancing from both teammates and opponents. Opponents must remain at 10 yds (8 yards for small sided) from the ball prior to the kick. The use of a traditional defensive Wall is currently suspended.
  • The use of a Dropped Ball as a restart is suspended. To replace this procedure, an Indirect Free Kick will be awarded to the team whom the referee deemed to be in possession when the referee stops play.

Competition:

  1. Practices: No more than 25 players on any surface/playing area for team/group sports. To ensure group separation, separate groups must be spaced at least 14 feet apart while sharing a single playing surface, court or field. If this is not followed, we will have to ask those that do not follow to leave or if systemic might not allow spectators at all.  DYS may be fined or ask to cease all operations if this continues.
  2. No more than 50 people excluding players, coaches, referees, or facility/activity workers in the aggregate in, on, or surrounding any surface/playing area, provided that there is adequate space for all players, coaches, referees, facility/activity workers and spectators to maintain at least six feet social distancing, recognizing that for some moderate and high risk sports intermittent and limited contact may occur for players If this is not followed, we will have to ask those that do not follow to leave or if systemic might not allow spectators at all.  DYS may be fined or ask to cease all operations if this continues.
  3. During this current COVID-19 Pandemic state of emergency as proclaimed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Mass Youth Soccer (MYS) requires all member organizations to limit the number of spectators at all sanctioned soccer activities to One (1) per player. Spectators are defined as a Parent, Legal Guardian or Chaperone. If this is not followed, we will have to ask those that do not follow to leave or if systemic might not allow spectators at all.  DYS may be fined or ask to cease all operations if this continues.
  4. Spectators must follow all Mass Youth Soccer Return to Soccer Activities Guidelines.
    • Sanctioned Soccer Activities: Includes, but is not limited to all games (of all types), practices, clinics, training, and in-person meetings. 
    • Spectators must wear facial coverings and maintain six feet of social distance at all times.
    • Coaches, staff, referees and other officials are required to wear facial coverings and maintain social distance of 6 feet at all times
  5. Competition schedules with a 20 minute buffer to prevent the overlap of participants and to allow for disinfection of equipment and cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, if necessary.
  6. Sportsmanship should continue in a touchless manner- no handshakes/slaps/fist bump.

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND FACIAL COVERINGS FOR ALL SPORTS

While limiting proximity of participants is the first line of defense to reduce the risk of transmission Facility Operators and Activity Organizers must require facial coverings to be worn by all participants except:

  • During high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities.
  • When distancing of 6 feet or more is possible between participants whenever feasible; or
  • For individuals that are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability.

Otherwise, Activity Organizers must require facial coverings to be worn while engaged in an activity wherever possible. Some sports by their nature involve intense aerobic activity throughout play. For these sports it is required that players use facial coverings when possible, take frequent breaks when they are out of proximity to other players using caution to avoid touching the front or inside of the face covering by using the ear loops to remove and replace. For example: soccer players should have facial coverings (that have earloops) with them at all times and where possible play with the facial covering on, removing it for long runs down the field, for plays without close contact, and in the goal. Participants for all sports must wear facial coverings while on the sidelines at ALL times and in any huddles or time-outs.

Any questions, please contact:

Paul Yandrisevits

DYS President

[email protected]